Chicago 2014

When: July 28-30, 20141024px-Navy_Pier_Park_Sign

Where: Navy Pier, Chicago

Pre Conference Workshops:

Workshop TitleInstructorDescriptionWorkshop Agendas
Advanced Topics in iPad IntegrationShawn McCuskerThis non-beginner workshop will tackle advanced topics in classroom iPad integration such as App Fluency and App Smashing. A key focus will be the creation of multi-app combination scenarios to create new multimedia content, and publishing content to the web. Participants will be given hands-on time to explore, practice and refine their skills throughout the workshop.Shawn's Workshop Agenda
Google Apps Integration & Advanced Workflow Scenarios for Middle School and High SchoolGreg Kulowiec In this hands-on workshop, we will explore effective strategies for leveraging Google Apps for Education in both Google Chromebook & non-Google Chromebook environments. From exploring Google Drive collaborative and cross-platform learning projects to incorporating scripts such as Doctopus and Flubaroo to auto-distribute documents and auto-grade quizzes, we will explore exciting ways to use Google Apps and related tools to help inspire student creativity and collaboration and teacher effective. Greg's Workshop Agenda
Using Google Apps to Redefine the Elementary ClassroomSamantha MorraGoogle Apps for Education is a great addition to the elementary classroom! Google Apps not only facilitates creative and collaborative learning opportunities for your students, it also provides great tools for publishing student work and sharing information with parents. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore best practices for using GAFE in K-6 classrooms and learn how Google tools can help redefine learning in innovative ways. Come learn how to use Google Apps to collaborate, create, curate, differentiate and motivate. If you are an elementary teacher or school leader you won’t want to miss this session! Sam's Workshop Agenda
Day of CodeDouglas KiangCoding and algorithmic thinking are being promoted as “the new 21st century literacy”. Find out how you can get your students solving real-world problems using code and computer science skills. Explore aspects of game design, algorithms, and art in this gentle introduction to programming and writing code. Doug's Workshop Agenda
Creativity & Curation with iPads in the Middle School and High School ClassroomPatrick LarkiniPad and iPad Mini have taken classrooms by storm, emerging as the mobile device of choice. This hands-on workshop focuses on effective iPad integration that leverages the device to support innovative learning. From audio, video, and screencasts to digital notebooks and eBooks, we will focus on what students can DO with an iPad and the potential for creating new learning products. We will also examine best practices for organizing student work into fluid collection and sharing environments. Come learn powerful strategies and apps that put iPads squarely in the service of learning. Patrick's Workshop Agenda
Leading towards Learning Futures: School Leadership and Technology IntegrationJustin Reichand Tom Daccord Technology can play a powerful role in expanding the possibilities of learning environments, but technology alone does not change schools. Leadership plays an essential role in ensuring the new technologies are paired with innovation and improvement in teaching practice.

This workshop is for leaders of learning--principals, superintendents, IT directors, and teacher leaders--to help develop a vision for how technology investments will improve student learning outcomes and a plan for bringing that vision to life. Teams from schools are highly encouraged to attend together.
Justin's and Tom's Workshop Agenda
Creating Learning Centers in the Elementary Classroom (BYOD)Beth HollandWhether you have access to a few computers, a single iPad, a laptop, or a cart, there are endless opporunities to use these devices to support learning centers. In this hands-on session, we will explore how technology can be used to create fluency centers, math centers, writing centers, observation stations, and more. Bring whatever device you might be able to use with students, and come explore new and powerful ways to use these devices in your classroom. Beth's Workshop Agenda


Hands on Innovation Labs

App Smashing with iPads & AndroidsGreg Kulowiec & Beth Holland HollandApp Smashing allows for the creation of previously inconceivable objects. By combining the power of apps, students can create, collaborate, and curate media into entirely new learning artifacts. During this hands-on session, we will explore a number of smashes using tools such as Explain Everything, Book Creator, YouTube, and iMovie to push what is possible with iPads and Android tablets. When there are no limitations with the available tools, then there are no limitations to how students can show their learning.
Design the School of the FutureTom Daccord, Justin Reich, and Patrick LarkinWhat if there were no limitations? What if resources were not a problem? What would the ideal learning environment look like? In this hands-on session, we will collaborate to create an ideal school for the future from three diverse perspectives - physical space, curriculum & pedagogy, and professional learning. Whether you are a superintendent, a school principal, a division head, or a technology director, come contribute your ideals to see what could be possible.

Presentation Sessions

EdTechTeacher sessions indicated in green and featured speakers in blue.

Presenter's NameTwitter HandleSession TitleConference StrandSession MaterialsSession Description
Will Richardson @willrich45 Educating Modern Learners: Thinking Differently About Schools, Classrooms, and TeachingKeynoteWhether we like it or not, we're on the verge of a transition away from traditional narratives of classrooms, teaching, and education toward a new, modern story for learning. This shift is difficult, one filled with opportunities for learners but huge challenges for systems, and it will require a rethink of much of our current practice in schools. But that rethink must be grounded in an accurate context for the larger changes affecting us. We'll explore the new world of modern learning and offer a lens through which we can hold relevant conversations around change moving forward.
Jennie Magiera @msmagiera Googling the Future ClassroomKeynotePresentation SlidesWhat should we take into account when exploring "what could be" in the classroom? What should we aim for when leveraging new technologies and devices? Dive into a few real-world examples of how innovation, workflow, and powerful devices combine to change the face of education. Engage in asking questions, exchanging ideas and challenging the norm in this interactive keynote.
Richard Byrne @rmbyrne Discovery, Discussion and DemonstrationFeatured PresenterPresentation SlidesDuring this presentation Richard will share free technology tools that are appropriate for use in all grades. The wealth of free apps and websites can feel a bit overwhelming at times. To alleviate that overwhelming feeling, in this presentation Richard outlines the framework he uses for choosing and using technology that is appropriate for the classroom.
Wes Fryer @wfryer Creating Multimedia eBooksFeatured PresenterPresentation SlidesEnhanced eBooks on iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches can include audio, video, and interactive animations in addition to digital text, images and links. In this session we’ll view examples of different multimedia eBooks created by both professional authors as well as students. We’ll learn how to use the iPad apps “Book Creator” and “Creative Book Builder” to create and share enhanced/multimedia eBooks using DropBox for free cloud storage/distribution. We’ll also discuss how to create printed version of your books using the print-on-demand service Other options for directly publishing your eBooks will also be discussed, including Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), the Apple iBookstore, and Google Play.
Sylvia Martinez @smartinez Lessons for K-12 Education From the Maker MovementFeatured PresenterPresentation SlidesThe Maker Movement is a revolutionary global collaboration of people learning to solve problems with modern tools and technology. Adults and children are combining new technologies and timeless craft traditions to create exciting projects and control their world. The implications are profound for schools and districts concerned with engaging students, maintaining relevance, and preparing children to solve problems unanticipated by the curriculum. The technological game-changers of 3D printing, physical computing and computer science require and fuel transformations in the learning environment. K-12 educators can adapt the powerful technology and “can do” maker ethos to revitalize learner-centered teaching and learning in all subject areas.
Beth Holland @brholland Small Tech Changes - BIG Learning Impact!Student Creativity with laptops Chromebooks & BYODPresentation SlidesSometimes, the smallest of changes can have the largest impact on helping our students to connect to content, demonstrate their understanding, and become more independent in their learning. When every student has access to a mobile device, how can you leverage those capabilities to support - and enrich - your students? In this session, we will explore device features and pedagogical strategies to meet the needs of ALL of your students.
Carl Hooker @mrhooker #Brainz sure Taste different these daysRedefining Learning with iPads & tabletsList of Resources & Presentation Slides
We are in the midst of a digital Zombie Apocalypse. Our devices are redefining who we are and how we live. How do we survive and thrive in this new world, not only in schools but also in life? In this entertaining session, we'll look at the signs that we are becoming digital zombies, talk about steps for a cure, and walk away with a better understanding of how our brains and those of our students work.
Tom Daccord @thomasdaccord What Do Great Teachers Do with Tablets?Redefining Learning with iPads & tabletsPresentation SlidesA tablet provides unprecedented opportunities for mobile, personalized, and differentiated learning. Great teachers identify important learning goals and construct innovative tablet-integration activities that help students reach these objectives. Come explore a range of creative and authentic K-12 tablet activities developed by talented and progressive educators from across the country -- and beyond.
Greg Kulowiec @gregkulowiec Collaboration - Going Global with TabletsCollaboration with Google & the CloudPresentation SlidesGlobal collaboration is now possible in a way that could not easily be achieved without the integration of mobile devices. From collaborative video to screencasting and digital eBooks, students can now create and collaborate with students from across the globe. This session will explore the technical & logistics to setup such work and will also examine existing global collaboration projects.
Greg Kulowiec @gregkulowiec Redefining Writing & Feedback with Video & Mobile DevicesRedefining Learning with iPads & tabletsPresentation SlidesWriting and communicating ideas clearly through text is a fundamental skill that plays a critical role in every classroom. How can the process be improved with technology? The session will explore how both mobile devices & laptops can be used to provide both audio and video feedback on student writing. Further, we will explore how students can use the same tools to create powerful reflections on their own writing.
Samantha Morra @sammorra Curating & Creating for the Flipped ClassroomFlipping the Classroom & Project Based LearningPresentation SlidesHow can we maximize the face to face time with our students? That is the real question that the flipped classroom concept seeks to answer. In a flipped classroom, teachers "flip" traditional teaching methods - delivering instruction online, outside of the classroom, and allowing "homework" to become classwork. To effectively deliver that instruction outside the classroom, curating and creating plays a large role. We will explore tips, tricks, and tools that make curation and creation of digital, cloud-based content easier and more effective so that you can maximize the face to face time with your students.
Justin Reich @bjfrFour Faces of PersonalizationStudent Creativity with laptops Chromebooks & BYODPresentation SlideshEducation experts and reformers from across the political spectrum agree that personalization is a powerful strategy for accelerating student learning, and that technology has tremendous potential to support personalization. However, these experts and reformers also frequently disagree about what personalization actually means. In this interactive session, we'll explore four faces of personalization - four different ways that educators interpret "personalization" that have different, and sometimes incompatible, implications for student learning. By the end of this session, participants will understand a range of dimensions to personalization and will be better prepared to examine how personalized learning could impact their own classrooms and schools.
Lisa Johnson @techchef4u ePortfolios are AWEsome: The Why, How, and What of Student Digital PortfoliosRedefining Learning with iPads & tabletsPresentation SlidesIn this session, we will discuss the benefits and purpose of student-created digital portfolios, thoughtfully evaluate considerations for selecting an e-portfolio platform, explore tools for digitally archiving learning artifacts, glean ideas for using ePortfolios in a K-12 setting, and much more!
Participants will dive in to experience the possibilities of an ePortfolio first-hand using eBackpack to model workflow strategies for digitizing and uploading student work. With a focus on the Why, How, and What of ePortfolios, you will want to sail right in to the 2014-2015 school year with a deeper understanding and drive for purposeful digital student platforms.
Lisa Johnson @techchef4u S.A.S.S.Y. SAMRRedefining Learning with iPads & tabletsPresentation SlidesAdd a little flare to your knowledge and app-lication of SAMR! Learners will sink their teeth into each level of the SAMR model to redefine iPad integration into their iClassroom. A SAMR Toolkit will be provided with multiple ideas and resources that teachers can utilize to integrate immediately into their iClassroom.
Patrick Larkin @patrickmlarkin Leading in the Google CloudCollaboration with Google & the CloudPresentation SlidesModeling the use of available digital resources is critical for those in leadership positions. Whether you are a team leader, a school leader, or a district leader, it is imperative that you do more than just "talk the talk." This session will show you some great ways to use Google's resources to make yourself a more effective digital leader.
Douglas Kiang @dkiang Creative Spaces in the Classroom of the FutureEnabling learning spaces with agile maker spacesPresentation SlidesWhat is the DIY “Maker” movement, and what does it mean for the future? Come catch a glimpse of what a future classroom might look like, in both its curriculum and its physical space. We’ll explore how companies like Google foster creativity and innovation, and see what kids’ visions of a “learning center” might look like. Finally, we’ll look at an original way to create stronger community in the classroom using the popular game Minecraft as a virtual learning environment.
Shawn McCusker @shawnmccusker Creating a Culture of Research and Writing in the 1:1 Social Studies ClassroomRedefining Learning with iPads & tabletsThe connected classroom changes the economy of information in a social studies classroom. The teacher is no longer the sole provider of historical content and the textbook is no longer the best learning resource for historical fact. This session will focus on how create an environment for historical research and foster the skills for writing that become essential when a class begins to focus on evaluating and distilling meaning from a wide variety of sources. We will also discuss how student creation products can be used to scaffold and support successful writing skills.
Shawn McCusker @shawnmccusker Unleashing Creativity with iPadsRedefining Learning with iPads & tabletsThe Ultimate Evidence of Learning is Creation. This session will explore the many possible avenues for creative student expression made possible with the iPad as well as ways to create a CULTURE of creation in your school or classroom. Other topics to be addressed include assessing creative products, student choice, sharing student creations and using creation as formative and summative assessment.
Jodie Deinhammer @jdeinhammer Student Designed Curriculum and iTunes U - Global Classroom ConnectionsRedefining learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsPresentation SlidesRedefine your classroom with iTunes U. By allowing students a voice in their education, you can inspire them to be creative problem solvers. Join this session to see how a high school classroom in Texas is running a student designed MOOC that has over 30,000 subscribers from all over the world.
Martin Moran @martinmoran21Celebrating the Wonderful Mess: Designing Agile, Personalized Learning Spaces in SchoolsEnabiling Maker spaces and other Agile Learning SpacesPresentation SlidesIn this session, attendees will engage in a mini-design process built around developing a learning environment for the session. This will be followed by a discussion of the design process currently being undertaken at the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. Attendees will learn how the school is combining analog and digital spaces in an effort to best embody the mission of the school in the 21st Century. The steps of the process will be enumerated, and representatives from the school will be on hand to discuss how the space itself is a product of, and catalyst for, human interaction and learning.
Courtney Pepe @ipadqueen2012 60 Days of Google Glass in the Class: My Adventures with Wearable TechnologyCollaborating via Google and the CloudPresentation SlidesCome see what the future of education could look like through Google Glass. If you attend this session, I will share with you the first 60 days of “glass in my class." Google Glass has changed the look, sound, and shape of knowledge in my 21st century classroom. I will show how Google Glass and Augmented Reality paired up early on and how that collaboration redefined the classroom as well as how Glass allowed me to differentiate the learning process when combined with tools like Evernote, Voice Memo, and Google Search. Some of the adventures that I will share include our use of the Google Glasses for 1) Google Hangouts 2) APP-Smashing Projects and 3) a new perspective on movie making in the classroom. Also, I will discuss how this tool helped me refine my own practice as an educator. No longer I am teaching in a 1 to 1 environment with just iPads but my classroom is a 1+1 with iPads happily paired up with the Google Glasses. Warning: folks who attend this session may experience high levels of engagement and have their minds blown.
Avra Robinson @AvraRachel Extend Your Capabilities with Google Apps ExtensionsCollaborating via Google and the CloudPresentation SlidesA Demo Slam of sorts...this session will highlight some of the best Google Chrome Web Extensions and how they can be utilized to increase student engagement, productivity, and organization. Whether your students are writing research papers, digital storytelling, graphics editing, or creating digital portfolios, there are hundreds of free tools that can be utilized to transform the already incredible Google Chrome web browser into a powerhouse of capability. Participants will learn what extensions are, how they work, and how to find, install, and uninstall them. Participant back-channeling will be encouraged to share even more ideas.
Sabba Quidwai @askmsq Cast a Spell to Flip Your Class with TouchCastFlipping as a Bridge to Mastery-Based and Project-Based LearningPresentation SlidesDon't record yourself as the sage on the stage, harness the power of TouchCast to be the guide on the side as you challenge your viewers to explore and investigate learning. Success in a flipped learning environment ultimately lies with being able to engage your viewers in an experience that has them hooked, yearning to learn more and excited to apply their knowledge to collaborate and create. In this hands on session, we'll explore how to create interactive and engaging videos using TouchCast. We'll take a look at three crucial planning steps needed to design a TouchCast, the different Apps that can be used to create an interactive experience, and how you can assess learning to plan your time together. This app isn't just for you! We'll also take a look at how students can use TouchCast to collaborate, create and curate. This is the future of the web. This is the future of instruction. This is the future of creation and curation. Travel with me as we go back to the future to create your present.
Kyle Pearce @MathletePearce Tap Into Teen Minds in Math Class With iPadRedefining learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsPresentation SlidesEmbark on a journey of creating a digital learning environment in a secondary, one-to-one iPad math class. Learn to effectively deliver a 3-part math lesson while eliminating wasted time copying useless facts. This approach has resulted in increased student engagement and high levels of student success. From introducing an effective One-to-Many iPad Classroom approach that will allow you to use your iPad as a wireless Interactive Whiteboard via AirPlay, to going completely paperless by using cloud-based file storage solutions, you can be up and running with a sustainable model that works! Already one-to-one and looking for transformative tasks to help you and your students climb the SAMR Ladder? We will also discuss a new free blogging network, - a platform for teachers and students to share their math work to improve their math communication and develop a deep understanding of the concepts while interacting with their peers. While technology can certainly make math tasks more meaningful and enjoyable, we will also explore how iPads can be used to collect useful student assessment data and organize it to allow students, teachers, and parents to better understand urgent student learning needs and develop strategies for success.
Corey Holmer and Jamie Trow @Edtech_Channel DigiLit: Book Clubs for a 21st Century ClassroomRedefining learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsPresentation SlidesA class set of novels, binders, poster boards, and enough post-it notes to wallpaper a school…. These are just a few of the supplies needed to run a traditional middle school book club. With the addition of iPads, Google Apps, and other educational technologies, the age of the “traditional” book club requires change. Presented by a technology integration coach/science teacher and a reading specialist/ language arts teacher, this session will walk you through the setup and process of creating a digital book club system for your classroom. Following the SAMR Model, we will cover the basic steps of substitution using Google Apps and a teacher website, while also aiming to “teach above the line” by using apps like Subtext and Book Creator to fully redefine your classroom literacy instruction and delivery methods. Digital book clubs allow for connected, flexible, and customized literacy instruction that engage all learners. Through reading digital novels, participating in online discussions, annotating text with categorical tags, and expressing ideas through transliteracy (multi-media tools), students will interact with the text, the teacher, and each other while receiving nearly instant, trackable feedback on their work. Spend some time with us learning how to use technology as a tool to reinforce effective comprehension strategies while upgrading the literary climate of your classroom through the implementation of digital book clubs.
Ginnie Pitler @ginniepitler Plan, Trust, Expect: Achieving Confidence to IntegrateRedefining learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsPresentation SlidesYou have iPads. You’ve engaged in training. You are listening. You are inspired. You are reaching for redefinition on the SAMR scale. Nonetheless, you are overwhelmed. This session will lead the novice/intermediate user into a comfort zone by learning to set realistic expectations. From the trenches of a seasoned teacher, see examples of student work produced during the first year of implementation. You will gain a sense of how to balance your teaching: when to plan the technical skills learning curve, when to trust student intuition, when to expect technology to become invisible. With student work from primarily 4 creation apps, (Explain Everything, iMovie, Book Creator, Draw and Tell), we will study the process from beginning to end. What really goes on in the classroom? We will learn to ask the questions, anticipate needs, and challenge our students. Learn to feed the curiosity. The key lies in knowing what to expect and how to lead. Participants will leave confident they can begin the fundamental transformation of the educational experience. Integrate, transform, achieve.
Kevin Cornell @originalmisterc Creating a Classroom StudioStudent Creativity with Laptops, Chromebooks, and BYODPresentation SlidesHarness the power of music in your classroom to enhance student achievement! Whether a trained musician or someone who breaks out in song while driving down the road, this session will provide you the essential steps to easily incorporate music into your lesson plans! Mobile technology allows teachers to engage in music like never before. Learn about the essential software and apps that can be used to transform your classroom easier than ever before. Attend this session for fun and motivation, but most importantly, to hear and learn how to make exciting tunes! Music really can make "Learning Fun for Everyone"! (For videos and songs visit
Shannon Soger @ShannonSoger 1:1 From Implementation to Apple DistinguishedRedefining learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsPresentation SlidesParticipants will hear the story of South Berwyn School District 100 and how they brought a Title 1 school district from Implementing 10 1:1 pilot classrooms to being recognized as a two-time winning Apple Distinguished Program with 150+ 1:1 classrooms. Participants will learn tips for how to be successful in Visionary Leadership, Innovative Learning and Teaching, Ongoing Professional Development, Compelling Evidence of Success, & Flexible Learning Environment.
Shannon Soger @ShannonSoger Creating Digital Content in iTunes URedefining learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsPresentation SlidesParticipants will get started on creating an iTunes U Course for their students or for professional learning. Please bring a laptop OR iPad as well as your Apple ID and password. This session is great for teachers teaching in a 1:1 iPad environment or for school trainers. (iTunes U Courses are best viewed on iPad.
Michael Cohen @thetechrabbi The Invisible iPad - Significant Learning Experiences Without Actually Losing Your iPad
Redefining learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsPresentation SlidesVisual representations of knowledge, creativity and collaboration? Our challenge with technology such as the iPad is that because it has so much versatile functionality, the user is faced with a real dilemma of losing sight of what the tool is meant to accomplish. The importance is to focus less on how we are using iPads and Apps, and more on why we use them and what we are able to achieve through their use. When we are able to properly strategize our learning objectives and goals, the technology becomes secondary to meaningful learning outcomes; this is how how it becomes the Invisible iPad. This awareness enables students to become active and independent learners. When students are empowered to concretize their learning goals, and focus on a final learning product, only then can the technology become invisible allowing students to focus on success and excellence. After leaving the session, participants will have forgotten all about the iPad (since it will be invisible) and instead approach the use of technology as a definitive tool to help their students achieve significant learning experiences.
Michael Cohen @thetechrabbi Educators Don't Let Educators Use Comic Sans: Teaching Effective Visual CommunicationRedefining learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsWhile it's daunting to begin developing a skillful approach to visual communication (which may takes years to develop), everyone is able to acquire fundamental skills to the thoughtful use of text style, color, shape, and layout. Through the understanding of visual communication we can help create dynamic, thoughtful, and beautiful designs to help enhance the way we share ideas.
Jennifer Wyld @wyld_peace Maker Mindset - It Is More Than Just the Cool Stuff!Enabiling Maker spaces and other Agile Learning SpacesPresentation SlidesWhen people think about Make, images of 3D printers and laser cutters come to mind. This preconception can often lead communities to mistakenly think that a Maker experience is out of reach for their students or users. However, Make is first and foremost a mindset and is accessible to learners of all ages and circumstances. Make grew out of the DIY movement and has morphed into DIT (together) or DIWO (with others), and a MakerSpace experience can start with whatever materials you gather from your own community with a focus on repurposing. Additionally, we can draw on the expertise of community members, and the abundance of Òhow toÓ videos on the internet or books available in the library, to learn how to do almost anything. I want to focus on the qualities that define a Maker Education/Experience, rather than the tools, to address any issues around access and equity that might arise for groups, regardless of financial and material resources. In this interactive session, we will unpack what these qualities mean and how they can be encouraged in individuals and spaces to help Make thrive anywhere. Together, we will create a tool box that anyone can implement now!
Felix Jacomino @felixjacomino 500,000 Apps in 60 MinutesRedefining learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsPresentation SlidesA wise man once said, "Give a teacher an app, and she's got a day's lesson; Teach her how to find the right apps, and she'll have lessons for a lifetime!" With the ever-growing App Store and the many '10 Best Apps' articles that bombard us daily, there must be a good way to wrangle exactly what we need. This session will explore strategies, resources, suggestions, and best practices for finding "the right app" for the objective at hand. Other topics to be discussed will be app smashing, SAMR model considerations, and knowing when to simply leave technology out of the lesson altogether.
Jennifer Ward @jenniferward Empowering Student WritersCollaborating via Google and the CloudPresentation SlidesUsing technology to teach writing isnÕt about using the newest app. Instead, it is about how writing teachers can leverage the opportunities offered by 2.0 tech tools to empower our student writers. This session will focus on how building choice, connections, and mentors into writing assignments can help students reflect on their developing skills as writers. Participants in this session will have an opportunity to see how collaborative 2.0 tools like Twitter and Google Apps helped high school English students to write and share their research projects with real audiences beyond the walls of their classroom. When students have both purpose and audience for their writing endeavors, magic can happen! This session will not only showcase a particular research writing assignment, but will give participants an opportunity to interact with some of the technology that students used to connect with mentors and share their work.
Tamara Kaldor @chiplaypro Digital Citizenship: A Whole-Community ApproachRedefining learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsKids today grow up in a digital world with potential for communication, collaboration, and creation, and yet schools face challenges with ethical issues that arise from studentsÕ use of technology, such as cyberbullying, inappropriate sharing, and plagiarism. In this session, learn about three factors schools can use to create a positive culture around digital citizenship, with a focus on iPad classrooms. First, learn about how to teach students digital citizenship skills, covering eight key topics and including a free Digital Literacy & Citizenship curriculum developed in partnership with Howard Gardner and the GoodPlay Project at Harvard as well as Digital Passport, a learning game for upper elementary students. Next, learn how to engage and inform parents about managing their childrenÕs technology use and helping kids make smart choices. Finally, hear about strategies schools have used to educate teachers about digital citizenship, moving away from the lone teacher who is responsible, to a more cross-curricular and cross-faculty approach that helps build capacity and community in schools. Learn how these three factors work together to build a positive school climate around digital citizenship.
Sue Gorman @sjgorman Student Designed Digital LearningRedefining learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsPresentation Slides One of the most compelling benefits of classroom technology is that it enables students to share their ideas and knowledge in powerful new ways. This session, focused more for the primary grades, will challenge you to think differently about the role of the student in the classroom and how that role can be transformed when kids are active, creative, purposeful users of mobile devices like the iPad. The presenter will share specific examples of effective, empowering integration of some of the best apps for student creativity, publishing, and collaboration. You will gain ideas for elevating student work and practical tips that will support you and your students in creating authentic content and sharing it with others.
Allison Hogan & Martha Bowden @AllisonHoganESD & @bowdenmOperation Classroom Redesign with Primary StudentsEnabiling Maker spaces and other Agile Learning SpacesPresentation SlidesAre you looking to create a flexible learning space? Are you short on money and resources? Come learn how a primary teacher waited for the opportunity to involve her students in the classroom redesign process. You will be mesmerized by how the students crafted their classroom and made accommodations to maximize the space. What can you do to remake your classroom? Come find out! Say goodbye to desks and tables and come celebrate the power of student choice!
David Ristow & Lisa Nathaus @d_ristow WHOA! This Changes Everything! From One-Size-Fits-All to Customizable and Differentiated.Redefining learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsPresentation SlidesOver the last few years, our middle school science classrooms have evolved from traditional spaces into an individualized learning environments. The approach we have used has permanently changed how we interact with our students in the classroom. We would like to highlight how we have successfully inspired a new breed of learners through the use of iPads, Apps, FREE Web Based Programs, Flipped Classroom, Blended Inquiry, Hooks and more. Our classrooms have gone from one-size fits all to customizable learning environments that target how individual students learn best. In this session, we will highlight how we have used: 1) Focused mini lectures 2) Flipped Classroom 3) iPads 4) Schoology 5) Inquiry and 6) Gamification.
Deron ChangLearning Through Creation: The Power of Making Stop Action Videos on the iPadRedefining learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsIn the high school biology classroom, students have historically benefitted from viewing animations when learning complex biochemical and physiological processes. With iPad and an app for making stop action videos, students can now learn these processes by making these animations themselves. This instructional method is a powerful teaching tool that is transferable to all STEM disciplines. By making simple animations from scratch, students confirm their understanding in a fun and creative way. Furthermore, students benefit from developing their collaboration, research, and problem solving skills through a creative endeavor. Ultimately, making these videos allows students to learn and retain the concepts better than if they were to learn these processes using a traditional lecture. Participants will learn how to use the apps effectively and efficiently, how to motivate the students, and how to assess the final product. We will discuss the conflicting goals of content versus creativity, and explore ways in which stop action video making can be used in all disciplines. Participants are encouraged to download iStopMotion to their iOS device prior to the session.
Beth Holland, Douglas Kiang, and Patrick Larkin3D Printing in Your ClassroomEnabiling Maker spaces and other Agile Learning SpacesPresentation SlidesParticipants will have the opportunity to use a 3D printing pen and see a variety of student projects. Resources for the classroom, possible technical issues, and affordable ways to begin printing will be discussed in this presentation. The future of 3D printing and current advancements in science, medicine and the arts will also be discussed.
Jonathan Werner @maineschooltech Slaying the Sit & Get Dragon: Differentiating PD for iPhiles and iPhobesRedefined learning with iPads, Androids, & TabletsPresentation SlidesChanging students' classroom experiences begins with changing teachers' practices. Yet as soon as teachers and administrators offer Professional Development, we typically ask teachers to Sit and Get our messages about the importance of avoiding Sit and Get strategies in our own classrooms! This session will explore ways to develop a differentiated PD model, one that recognizes the need to accommodate a wide range of teachers' learning styles and to support your facultyÕs varying skills and experience with technology integration. We will examine several facets of these ÒblendedÓ PD programs (continuing education models which provide synchronous and asynchronous support). At the heart of blended and differentiated PD is the assumption that teaching and learning, and not the technology itself, must form the core of all of our continuing education programming and that meaningful technology integration requires far more than dressing up the factory model wolf in digital sheeps clothing. Participants will leave the session with numerous practical examples of blended and differentiated PD models as well as with a wealth of suggestions about how to begin transforming PD organically and/or District-wide at home.


One-on-one forum to learn about their extraordinary ideas.

NameTitleDescriptionSession Materials
George PhillipFlipping Blooms TaxaonomyParticipants will engage in how to transform a traditional classroom experience to one that challenges students thinking and allows them to create. This will produce more engaged and deeper thinking students. Following Ramsey Musallam's methodology of Explore-Flip-Apply, participants will learn how using the upper end of Blooms instead of the lower end will foster a more collaborative, project-based orientated classroom. I will share examples from my classrooms and other projects I have collaborated on.Presentation Slides
Jennifer Gaspar-SantosPiloting iPads with the SAMR Compass
As schools begin to explore the role of iPads in the classroom, it is increasingly apparent that innovation requires more than the device in hand. In order to charter the sea of apps and workflows, one should know how to navigate using an important compass---the SAMR model: a model developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura that serves as a framework to assess technology integration. How do we redefine teaching and learning in our classrooms? What is the difference between simply enhancing vs transforming with iPads? Attendees will learn how to use the SAMR Model to investigate these challenging questions.

Attendees will also come away with ideas on how to strategically create their own App toolkits. They will learn how to assess apps based on what makes pedagogical sense--- arranged by learning goals. Attendees will come away with examples of App toolkits for collaboration, research and flipping the classroom and more importantly, will understand the importance of using the SAMR model to navigate through these toolkits to make meaningful connections in the classroom with their students. Concepts like “app-smashing” (combining apps that compliment each other) as well as “app-pruning” (identifying and eliminating apps that serve duplicate purposes or no meaningful purpose) will be shared.

They will hear practical examples of how app toolkits are being used in the classroom and at what stage of the SAMR model those apps can be applied. Attendees will be given a padlet wall of resources to share with others at their school and will see how the SAMR model is the compass that points educators in the right direction towards transformation.
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Brandon HaasFostering Digital Literacy and Citizenship through TestimonyThrough this interactive workshop, participants will engage in exercises on the use of testimony as student-centered learning in the middle and high school classroom. Participants will be introduced to IWitness and will experience how the dynamic multimedia activities, and other opportunities for using the site, will enhance their students learning across disciplines by allowing them to construct their own learning through personal connections with the testimonies in IWitness. They will also view student-created projects that utilize the built-in video editor and other features in IWitness.

Integrating testimony-based education through IWitness aids in the development of digital literacy and digital citizenship, as well as other 21st-century competencies. IWitness activities encourage critical thinking, self-reflection, and help students gain a sense of their own place in the world and of the profound impact their words and actions can have on the lives of others.
Anne-Marie LalondeThe flip classroom for non-dummiesTeaching within an environment where all students and teachers are equipped with a device, such as a MacBook Pro or an iPad, opens up opportunities for both teachers and students to innovate. The flipped classroom model is one that continues to evolve. Combined with tools such as Google Apps or Socrative that facilitate collaboration and publication, teachers and students are exploiting more efficient opportunities to teach and learn, as well as receive instant feedback on learning outcomes. This session will demonstrate effective flipped practices in science for: -designing enriched science lab tutorials that maximize the efficient use of hands-on lab time -incorporating ICT skills into the curriculum by having students design and share their own tutorials -enhance on-line collaboration. This approach is easily adapted across disciplines, grade levels & technology platforms. This session will include a demonstration of the current flipped approach within a second language course in French taught at the high school school level. Examples of the effective use of Google Apps and other resources that facilitate comprehension and collaboration will be presented.
Paula MarraTalking Pictures - AR in the classroomAugmented reality allows us to superimpose content (video, images) on scenes when viewed through the camera of the iPad. For example, in kindergarten, we recorded the children describing their thinking. As the iPad camera is pointed at each child's work, the child's video is triggered and displays on the iPad, superimposed over the work.
In this presentation we will do a simple virtual reality demonstration,and discuss some other ways this technology could be used.
Mary Alice PanekUsing iPads to meet Multi-Media Standards in the Elementary SettingHave many of the English-Language Arts standards frustrated you?

Are you expected to have your youngest learners create a multi-media presentation and you have only a few iPads to work with?

This demonstration will show you how students can meet those standards. Using LoiloNote;
1. Students will be able to record their message.
2. Individual art work and photographs can be inserted.
3. The internet can be used.
4. Students can use maps.
5. Create text can be included.

Projects can be shared with fellow students and the teacher. Presentations about the water cycle, seeds and trees, and creative stories are just a few of the projects that have been done in second grade classrooms. LoiloNote is designed for elementary students and is smoothly incorporated into the classroom.
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Raymond PohlmeyerGetting "Snap Appy" - Photography with Mobile DevicesLearn how to bring the art of creating pictures on mobile device to your students! With mobile devices becoming such a powerful way of expression, taking pictures with them has made it easy for just about anyone to be a creator of artistic content and digital storytelling. Find out how these powerful device's camera can enhance curriculum involving visual creativity and visual creativity.
Kristin RicheyIt's Easy Being Green: Beginning the Journey to Going Paperless in the 21st Century ClassroomThis presentation will introduce teachers to the idea of going paperless in the classroom. The thought of ‘going green’ can be a daunting task, however with this presentation, teachers will learn tips and tricks to get started transforming their classroom into a 21st century classroom using technology. The presentation will begin with steps to take everyday learning tasks and turn them into valuable learning experiences by thinking outside the box and learning without paper and pencil.Presentation Slides
Mike ScafatiWhy A Digital Citizenship Program Empowers Student CreativityYou cannot empower student creativity and freedom without instilling digital responsibility first. Our students are the digital natives who today have unimaginable power to explore, create, and learn using devices that we put in their hands. But are we - their teachers - doing enough to guide them on how to navigate the digital issues of plagiarism, security, safety, and cyber-bullying? Do our students know how to create a digital footprint that reflects who they are inside and outside the classroom?

The Meadowbrook School of Weston (Massachusetts) has created a culture of student creativity by implementing a K-8 digital citizenship and literacy curriculum. We empower our students to explore, create, and collaborate because we continually guide them on how to navigate the potential pitfalls of the Internet while grasping its seemingly infinite opportunities.

Through short videos and hands-on lessons, attendees will experience The Meadowbrook School of Weston’s K-8 digital citizenship program. Learn how to implement a digital citizenship curriculum that not only empowers students, but also provides a necessary foundation to your school’s BYOD program. Learn how to use Google to create interactive and collaborative digital citizenship lessons that make an impact. Learn how the opportunities for student creativity expands into the curricular classroom as a result of a comprehensive digital citizenship program.
Sean ScanlonCreating a Culture of CollaborationThis presentation focuses on creating a culture of collaboration within the school by encouraging every member of your faculty and staff to utilize the collaboration tools available from Google Apps for Education. In order to create this culture of collaboration in your school, your administration must lead by example, and everyone must be included in this culture - Parents, Students, Teachers & Administrators.

In a demonstration of how your professional development can move from “sit and get” to a truly collaborative effort, the following will be discussed:
Google Drive, Doctopus, Google Sites, Google Forms (Flubaroo), Groups, Hangouts

Sharing lesson plans through Google Drive between teachers & administrators, allows administrators to comment directly into the teacher’s plans before and/or after their observations. Teachers get faster feedback, and can adjust accordingly.

Using Google Calendars, class assignments and updates can be shared with students and parents without constantly updating a website. Parents can even sign-up for meetings using appointment slots.

Google Hangouts is one of the most underutilized parts of Google Apps for Education. This can be used for professional development, review sessions, flipped classroom, student collaboration with other schools or professionals, etc… Explain Everything and YouTube will also be discussed in this portion of the presentation.

Encouraging teachers to collaborate on lesson plans and curriculum development through Google Docs & Google Drive.

As teachers and administrators build the culture of collaboration from the top, it will become more natural for teachers to encourage this type of collaboration amongst the students. Because of this, the students will likely use all of the tools discussed - and more.
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Ramona TownerTeacher Productivity - Using Google Scripts - FlubarooFlubaroo allows teachers to grade a quiz created from a Google form by simply answering the questions first as the teacher. Then just point Flubaroo at the teacher's responses as the answer key and let the students take the test! This simple and easy to use script is a fantastic way to get teachers to us Google Docs at the next level.
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Jean-Pierre TrudeauReal world meets VirtualWe will be exploring the different technologies that can enhance your projects or class and that will allow you to blend the virtual and the real world together. These showcase project can also be a great resource for other teachers in your schools and can enhance your social media or website presence. I will show you how using a combination iPads with a diversity of tools, you can harness the most for your students. I will show examples using green screen, augmented reality, etc... the limit for your projects is only your students imagination.
Sarah BarnettRedefining the 1st grade classroom with 1:1 iPad Integration Look inside a 1st grade classroom with a 1:1 implementation of iPads. See how mobile devices have transformed the elementary classroom. A teacher will share exactly how she manages a 1:1 program including a daily schedule, specific apps that are used with examples, and ways to connect and enhance the common core standards with the growing demands of student achievement. Attendees will see how mobile devices support project based learning and allow students to expand their horizons, experiences and intensify their voice through higher level projects. The classroom teacher will show how she gives her young students opportunities to engage in collaboration and communication and how her students have become creators, and curators of knowledge. A daily curriculum schedule will be given out with specific suggestions on how to implement iPads at specific times of the day. Materials will be shared that can be used immediately in an elementary classroom. Management advice will be given on how to set up the devices, teach students how to use them, download apps, store the devices, and organize apps into file folders. Apps that will be demonstrated include KidBlog, Twitter, Little Bird Tales, Explain Everything, AudioBoo, Nearpod, iMovie, Google Drive, QR Codes, AR and many more. In addition, the teacher will share how she creates ongoing two-way communication with her families, community, and a global learning environment through her 1:1 implementation.Presentation Slides
Nathalie LemelinReflections on innovationsIn my role as Head of Innovations in Teaching and Learning, I have worked on action research projects at Lower Canada College in Montreal. Through these projects, I have seen tremendous potential for this kind of work with regards to professional growth and pedagogical innovations.
In the past year, I have reflected upon four great challenges recurring for educators and administrators in Canada and the US. I will present these four challenges and engage colleagues in discussions about possible solutions.
Challenge #1: Student engagement -
Challenge #2: Classroom innovations at what cost? -
Challenge #3:The art and science of classroom teaching. -
Challenge #4: Changing school culture
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Jill FritzReady to Learn: Sustaining Student Engagement and Classroom PerformanceKeeping students actively engaged in the classroom is a challenge for any educator. For an economically disadvantaged school like Rutledge H. Pearson Elementary in Jacksonville, Florida, the odds seemed almost insurmountable. Five years ago, more than 50 percent of students at the school were unable to read at their grade level. Rutledge Pearson had the distinction of being the worst performing school in the entire state and consistently received an “F” or “D” rating on Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) for several years. The school has made an incredible turnaround to become an “A” rated school through the hard work of a community to elevate its youth to succeed.